1200 Killed From Measles In Madagascar, No Access To Vaccination – Market News Store

1200 Killed From Measles In Madagascar, No Access To Vaccination

Madagascar is under the threat of a measles epidemic as 1200 people have already been killed in the island. 115,000 people have been found to have measles and is the largest measles outbreak ever in history.

The cases of measles have been on the rise in the US and also in various other places worldwide. New York City has ordered vaccinations in Brooklyn with a view to stop the outbreak. Most of the parents in Madagascar want their children to get vaccinated however the lack of necessary resources is a great challenge for them. Measles is an infectious disease and a 90-95% vaccination rates is required for the prevention of outbreaks. However only 58% of the Madagascar people have been vaccinated which is the main reason for the spread of the outbreak.

According to the World health Organization, children under the age of 15 years had been the main victims of the measles outbreak. The WHO epidemiologist, Dr. Dossou Vincent Sodjinou has said that though the epidemic is increasing in size it has however slowed down as compared to the last month. The health ministry had reported 117,075 cases in the country by the mid of March. There are also some isolated cases of resistance to immunizations mainly because of the religious influence or traditional practitioners.

Nearly half of the children of Madagascar are malnourished and this all the more worsens the scenario. Sodjinou has said that malnutrition is one factor contributing to the present situation. The people of Madagascar have to face several other troubles apart from dealing with the epidemic. For many of the people it is a great challenge to reach a clinic. Most of the people are not able to afford the medicines or even visiting the doctors. Some of the health centers do not have the required number of staffs or have staffs that are not well qualified. It is also sad to know that some parents even now don’t know that the public health care centers are giving vaccines for free.

The health ministry of Madagascar has been sending free medications to those regions which have been affected most by the epidemic. However Sodinjou said that immunization was not the only way to deal with the disease and that resources for monitoring, social mobilization and care were also required.

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